Additional security features on the way for GATE online service
The Education Ministry is seeking to ensure that the e-GATE portal is 100 percent secure with additional security features currently being worked out.
The assurance comes from Director of the Ministry’s Funding and Grants Administration Division, Teresa Davidson, who sought to put to rest concerns by some that the GATE eService, which will be used to administer means testing for access to Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE), was not secure.
Davidson in a brief emailed response told LoopTT that additional security features will be added by the end of September.
The Ministry has contracted consultants from Singapore who are working on the project. The primary focus, however, is completing the enhancements required for the means test, after which security features will be addressed.
Asked about the scope of the new security features, Davidson could not provide any details.
A report from CNC3 raised concerns over students’ security while on the site, with an expert claiming that identity theft was a possibility as the website was not fully secure.
The Funding and Grants Administration Division Director assured that sensitive documents used for GATE applications are kept in the system for a short period of time, then purged from the system.
An income-only means test has been integrated into the GATE site and will be applied for students commencing new programmes and accessing GATE funding, effective August 2017.
The means test will be used to determine what percentage of funding is granted to students, by assessing a household/individual’s ability to contribute to the payment of tuition.